stumcm OP t1_ism69gm wrote

Well, for a start, humans had only made fleeting visits to Antarctic waters by 1851. The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was 1897–1922.

There were no structures, buildings, or any sort of a human settlement in Antarctica that they could use as the basis of an ice trade industry. And by the time of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, people were able to make their own ice in Australia (and elsewhere) using mechanical refrigeration.


stumcm OP t1_islyxs5 wrote

Boston was the centre of the international ice trade, with Wenham Lake Ice Company, trading on the name of a Massachusetts lake particularly renowned for the purity of its water. Source

As those articles say, one of the first ice-making machines in the world was invited in Geelong, Australia by Scottish-born James Harrison in 1851. Or rather, he improved upon an 1834 British design for vapour-compression refrigeration.